For my doctoral project, I am interested in working towards a history of the body in British Colonial Punjab, through history of medicine as medical ideas, history of communalism and religion in the region, and history of gender. I will be studying the meaning and experience of embodiment through this long period for Punjabi communities. Methodologically, I draw from psychology of religion, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and feminist and queer critical theory, along with archival historical research. Although I am studying British colonial Punjab, I am also interested in extra-colonial discourses of power that inform the body, such as caste, class, and gender. Most of my sources will be vernacular literature on the body - medical or otherwise.
I have completed a master's in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at Oxford (2020) and a master's in Women's Studies at Oxford (2019) with a high distinction. I was funded by the Rhodes Trust for both the master's and I am currently funded by the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship for the DPhil.